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Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:26

Washington Times: "Texas Senators Need to Grow a Backbone"

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On Tuesday, May 24, federal agents from the TSA visited the Texas legislature threatening to end air travel in Texas if the hugely favored anti-TSA bill, H.B. 1937, passed. The backlash from Texans and even members of the press stung Texas state Senators, but not enough to prevent the lawmakers from tucking tail and running. The support the measure lost as a result of federal bullying wasn’t regained in time to resurrect it for passage.

In an article published online yesterday by The New American, Alex Newman outlined an intimidating letter sent to Texas Senate leadership by U.S. District Attorney John Murphy warning the legislators to “kill the bill or else.”

The letter stated, among other things, “TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.” Such a statement seems to imply that the TSA is guaranteeing safety now. Further, it's difficult to believe that all air travel in and out of Texas would or even could be cancelled. Nevertheless, Lone Star Senators caved.

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